Business School Seminar Series: Metaphors of Mindfulness at Work - Morgan, Hanh and Organisations

Rg02 Ramsey Building
Social and Applied Sciences
Wednesday 21 February 2018 (15:00)
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Metaphors of Mindfulness at Work - Morgan, Hanh and Organisations

Bee Scherer and Jeff Waistell

This critical comparison of Morgan’s (2006) ‘Images of Organization’ and Hanh’s (2013) ‘Work’ considers whether Hanh offers new insights and metaphors. Morgan’s legacy resides not in his images but in showing that the dynamism of organisational theorising requires the generation of new metaphors. His images transfer onto Hanh’s psychology but largely mediate different messages. This study extends Morgan’s imagery and his understanding of the role of metaphor. Morgan’s heterogeneous, archetypal metaphors proliferate epistemologies in order to theorise organisations and broaden possible actions, whilst Hanh’s more specific, vivid, prescriptive, humanistic, homogeneous and extended metaphors explicate mindfulness across epistemological, (inter)ontological and performative dimensions – mediating the message that mindfulness provides psychological insight to human interconnectedness and guides relationships at work. Hanh’s extended metaphors of mindfulness foster a deep psychological and practical understanding of organisational members as ontologically interpenetrated. His mindfulness and metaphors are complementary in that both coherently mediate and realise awareness of this.

Please note the abstract and research paper below is co-authored (with Jeff Waistell, Oxford Brookes)


Dr. Bee Scherer

Dr Bee Scherer is Professor of Religious Studies and Gender Studies and the directors of the INCISE research centre at Canterbury Christ Church University ( which focussed on Inclusion and Social Justice from Interdisciplinary and intersectional perspectives. Bee has authored a dozen books, numerous article and edited numerous volumes on Buddhism and Queer Theory. Together with Jeff Waistell (Oxford Brooks) Bee has authored research in the intersection of Buddhism and Business Studies.


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